The Kenya Industrial Estates Ltd (KIE) is partnering with the County government of Uasin Gishu, to train over 500 youth, women and People Living With Disability (PLWD) on Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs).
The training is aims to empower the three groups to enable them easily access Sh35 million SME funds allocated by the Kenya Industrial Estates.
KIE officials led by Acting Managing Director Monica Kotut paid governor Jackson Mandago a courtesy call, on Friday in his office, where he expressed confidence that the initiative will help address joblessness.
He said Uasin Gishu County has many youths who are jobless who need to be assist to start their businesses so as to be self-reliant, and emphasized that priority should be given to youths who have rare innovation.
Mandago also called for the establishment of a policy that will facilitate a good working relationship between KIE and counties so as to improve livelihoods, by partnering with the Council of Governors.
“KIE should engage with the Council of Governors as we look for investors to invest in various areas in processing farm produce such as milk, grain milling, arbitration and industry such as a cement factory,” he said.
KIE Acting Managing Director- Kotut on her part asked the Uasin Gishu County government to help boost the project so as to expand the fund to reach more youths.
“This partnership will also address issues of access to loans for youths. It will reduce unemployment by assisting them establish business. Mr governor, help us to identify genuine youth and women to give the funds to avoid giving loans to wrong persons who refuse to repay,” Kotut urged Mandago.
She further asked him to help in reclaiming their grabbed land in Eldoret town.